DUI ACCIDENTS IN TEXAS
A LOOK AT DRUNK DRIVING – AND HOW TO PREVENT IT
THE LONE STAR STATE’S DRUNK
Texas is home to nearly 27 million residents, with over
79,000 miles of roads - more than any other state. It is
no surprise that we have a large number of accidents in
our state. Every year, thousands of Texas drivers are
involved in drunk driving accidents. These accidents are
preventable and, through our collective efforts, we can
make our roadways safer for all drivers.
TEXAS DRUNK DRIVING STATISTICS
• In 2014, 29 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Texas involved
• There were 1,041 fatalities in drunk driving crashes.
• From 2:00 a.m. to 2:59 a.m. is the most dangerous hour of the day for
drunk driving crashes.
• Saturday is the most dangerous day of the week for drunk driving
• The age group with the highest rate of drunk drivers in fatal vehicle
crashes is 21 to 25, accounting for over one-fifth of crashes.
TOP 5 CITIES IN TEXAS FOR DUI
In 2014, there were 17,221
DUI crashes in Texas. The top
5 cities for DUI crashes in
• San Antonio - 1,900
• Houston - 1,633
• Dallas - 1,329
• Austin - 1,110
• Fort Worth - 674
TEXAS DRUNK DRIVING
PUNISHMENT AND FINES
Punishments for drunk driving include imprisonment,
community service, DWI education and courts costs.
Fines for drunk driving in Texas range up to:
• $2,000 for first offenses
• $4,000 for second offenses
• $10,000 for third offenses and DWI offenses with a
child in the vehicle.
COMMON INJURIES IN DRUNK
DUI accidents can leave
victims with a number of
injuries. Some of the most
• Broken Bones
• Spinal Cord Injuries
• Traumatic Brain Injuries
• Organ Damage
• Wrongful Death
The Texas Department of
Transportation started the
#EndTheStreakTX to bring
awareness to the fact that we
have gone over 15 years
without a deathless day on
Texas roads. The last day
without a road fatality in Texas
was November 7, 2000. Since
that day, over 50,000 people
have lost their lives in Texas
WAYS TO COMBAT DRUNK
• Laws and Penalties
• Dedicated Law
• Public Awareness
• Use of Public
and Rideshare Services
• Ignition Interlocks
Of all the ways to combat drunk
driving, few offer as much promise as
ignition interlocks. These devices are
installed on a DUI offender’s vehicle
and require the driver to pass a
Breathalyzer test before starting the
engine. If the driver fails the test,
alarms warn the driver not to start
the vehicle. Ignition interlocks are
unique in the fact that, unlike many
other forms of DUI enforcement,
they prevent drunk driving from
taking place, as opposed to
punishing a person after the fact.
DRAM SHOP LAWS
In Texas, like in many other states,
the business or individual who
served a drunk driver might also
be held legally responsible, at least
partially, for any damages that
person causes. This is known as a
“Dram Shop Law.” In order to
prove liability, it must be shown
that the server knew, or should
have known, that the patron was
intoxicated and continued to serve
PARTY TIPS FOR REDUCING DRUNK
One of the most important ways of ridding our roads of drunk
driving crashes is by encouraging safety in our own lives. If you
host a party, here are some tips to stop drunk driving before it
• Collect the keys of those who will be drinking.
• Serve alcohol-free drinks.
• Serve plenty of food.
• Arrange for the transportation of friends who are drinking
• Stop serving alcohol well before the party is over.
HAVE YOU BEEN INJURED BY A
The Texas drunk driving
attorneys at Guajardo & Marks
can help. We have represented
many clients who have been
injured or lost loved ones due
to the poor decisions made by
a drunk driver.
If you would like to explore
your legal options in a free
consultation, contact us today.
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